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Our Instructors

Vicki: owner, instructor
Senior Certified Pilates Instructor and Owner

Vicki's Pilates full studio training certification was completed in 2005 through Momentum Studios of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been in the fitness instruction profession for over 18 years here in the Portland area. She started out with the Step Aerobic programs, added Stationary Cycling, personal trainer programs, dance programs, and taught Yoga through Yogafit International. She came to Sellwood Pilates Studio (formerly Imago Dei Studio) as a Yoga instructor and fell in love with the core, strength, and balance challenge through movement that Pilates teaches. After her Pilates certification was completed, she became an instructor and has been teaching here for the past 10 years. Then the opportunity came her way to become the owner of the studio.


Vicki finds Pilates to be the most complete and comprehensive program in keeping your body moving. For over 18 years she has taught and helped men and women of all ages and levels to reach their goals for better balance, flexibility, posture, and mobility using the Pilates method. Each one is "strengthened from the center out".

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(503) 502-5052

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Nobuko: instructor
Senior Certified Pilates Instructor

Nobuko has taught Pilates internationally in the US and Japan. She is drawn to Pilates’ simple but universal style that helps achieve deep, long-lasting results. Movement has always been central to Nobuko’s life. She’s played competitive volleyball, competed in field athletics, and studied and performed modern dance with The Jun Kono Dance Troupe in Japan. As a result, she has become all too familiar with back pain, knee injuries, and shoulder issues. Through learning how to manage her own recovery, Nobuko has developed a keen interest in rehabilitation and prevention.

Nobuko believes movement is the key. Her focus is on mind-body connection and feeling good in daily life. She guides clients to re-educate their bodies and introduces them to new movement patterns – helping them overcome unhealthy habits and build strength, flexibility, and confidence. Her teaching style is a combination of Pilates repertoire and therapeutic method.

She is certified with The Physical Mind Institute, Balanced Body, The Pilates Method Alliance, and she is a Bodhi Suspension System® Master Trainer. She also has Personal Trainer certifications from NSCA-CPT,  and ACE. Nobuko continues to grow her knowledge with ongoing participation in workshops and conferences.

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(503) 502-5052

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Jenny: Pilates instructor
Senior Certified Pilates Instructor

Jenny was born in California but grew up in Lakewood, Colorado. She attended Lewis and Clark College here in Portland where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. After graduation, Jenny worked at KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs as a writer/producer, then at McGraw-Hill as a copywriter, and later at her own business as a freelance copywriter.

She began her fitness career in 1995 when she completed her Group Fitness Instructor certification with the American Council on Exercise (ACE). After 10 years of “gym-y” training, she sought something more mindful and found Pilates. A 2005 National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA) certification in mat Pilates led to a Physicalmind mat and full-equipment certification in 2008.

Now she is here to fulfill Joseph Pilates’ plan for world domination . . . in a non-diabolical, happy kind of way, of course. She hopes her teaching reveals how ideal his exercise program is, and how you can adapt it to your changing physical needs over your lifetime. Yes, lifetime.

While she takes this pursuit seriously, she wants you to enjoy the process of discovery. So come see her and have some fun.

Jenny considers Joe a personal friend, so she might combine her video production and writing background with her Pilates knowledge to make a movie about him. Stay tuned . . .

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(503) 502-5052

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Grace: Pilates instructor
Certified Pilates Instructor

Grace Sadie is a lifelong Portlandian with a passion for Pilates. Her love of the Pilates method began at PSU college when she took a Pilates mat class to get an “easy” credit. Grace soon learned there is nothing easy about Pilates, yet there was something so rewarding about those 50 minute workouts. She discovered a body mind connection she had never known before. 

Years later after having a son, her back began to have issues. Her chiropractor gently encouraged her to try a core based workout, aka Pilates. After her first class after years of missing it she was hooked. As soon as she heard about the teacher training through Balanced Body she knew that was what she wanted to do with her life. She has been training for the last two years and now is ready to spread her love of Pilates to you! Please come join Grace for a Pilates workout that will be sure to wake up your core and mind. Hopefully you too will fall in love with Pilates as much as she has!

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(503) 502-5052

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Michelle SellwoodPilates
Senior Certified Pilates Instructor

Michelle began mat Pilates as a way to control lifelong back pain. But after receiving a flyer about a Pilates studio opening near her house, she had to investigate. Well, once on a reformer, she was hooked! The rest is history.


Michelle received her pilates certification in 2018 and hasn’t looked back. Her goal as an instructor is to make each client feel successful no matter their level or ability. Michelle truly believes Pilates is for everyone and enjoys finding clients with special needs that she knows can be helped with Pilates. 


In her free time, Michelle searches for new exercises to challenge clients, travels, reads, attends plays and live music.

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(503) 502-5052

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Evangeline Sellwood Pilates
Apprentice Pilates Instructor

Evangeline has been doing Pilates since she was seventeen years old after doing some research on different types of workouts for pain. Once she started Pilates she just never seemed to stop. She was born with hip dysplasia which caused lifelong hip pain and a lack of mobility. Once she started doing Pilates, her pain, overall fitness, mental health and quality of life improved. 


She is going to receive her certification through Breathe Education summer of 2024. This program has made her fall in love with not only the craft itself but teaching and helping others with pain or injury. She knew this career path would be fulfilling to her and one that pairs well with a busy schedule.


Evangeline in her free time is pursuing film acting here in Portland, Los Angeles, and New York. She also loves her family, friends, boyfriend and her pug Brutus! She is excited to continue on with her life in the Pilates studio at Sellwood and to meet all her new clients!

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(503) 502-5052

to inquire about sessions with Evangeline.

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